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Requiem for a Weasel: Saying Goodbye To Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

On Sunday, the world lost the greatest manager and color commentator in the history of professional wrestling: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. If you’ve paid attention to my Facebook or Twitter feed, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a fan of the business. However, I can say without question that no other person in wrestling and very few in the world of comedy and acting have had as drastic an impression on my life as “The Brain”. I’ve written a new blog post (the first in years, how about that?) about just what Bobby meant to me. If you’re at all curious, or if you’re a fan of Bobby yourself, take a few minutes to give it a read here. I hope it comes off as a fitting tribute from a lowly humanoid to an icon.

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Pictures and Review for Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival

Hello friends. First of all, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who made it out to Silver Spring for our One Act Festival last weekend. We had a fantastic turn out and some very energetic crowds. Always proud and happy to perform for my friends and family. To close out the great weekend, I’m happy to share some pictures and a review from the show. First of all, here’s a few pictures that were taken by the talented Harvey Levine:

You can check out the rest of the pictures from Six Seven Three Twenty and Alternate Theory, along with pictures from all of my other shows, here on my Photos page.

I’m also proud to share a nice write-up we got from DC Metro Theater Arts for our weekend. Here’s an excerpt:

“Adam Adkins plays Mike O’Sullivan, the assistant to it seems everyone and is probably the most likable character. Adkins hits the mark by straddling the fence between Gary and Doug and the Coach.”

Not a bad little nod. Feel free to read the full review here or view the rest of my press clippings here on my site. Also, the One Act Festival continues for the next two weekends. Not with me, sadly, but with many of my friends and fellow craftspeople. Please make sure to show your love and support by planning your trip to the festival here.

So that’s all for now, my dear friends. But make sure to come back and visit soon, as art never stops coming.


Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival Opens Tonight With A Pay What You Can Performance

Hello all.

Tonight is the night: The opening of my two one act plays for the Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival. For tonight’s premiere, we’re offering a Pay What You Can performance. So come on by at 8 with whatever cash you have in your pockets and see my glorious return to the stage. In Six Seven Three Twenty, we go into the draft room of a struggling football team who are in the middle of an internal power struggle. Then, in Alternate Theory, we present a new darkly hilarious theory on the assassination of JFK. Both of these shows are a lot of fun and I’m excited to get them in front of an audience. For ticket details on the remaining weekend, please click here.

Hope to see you all there!


New Press & Tickets On Sale for Silver Spring One Act Festival

Hey gang. Just wanted to drop by and let you know about a new piece of press that my friend and journalist Peter Rouleau wrote for the upcoming Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival for the Sentinel. Here’s a snippet of my interview portion:

“‘After taking a break from acting for a few years, the Silver Spring One Act festival is a great reminder as to why I love this art so much,’ said local actor Adam R. Adkins, who appeared in the 2013 one-act festival. He has performed in and directed other productions for the company. ‘They’re a great group of people to work with and bringing new, original works to life is incredibly rewarding,’ Adkins said.”

If you’re interested in reading the full clip, please follow this link. And you can see the rest of my press clipping by going to my Press page.

In addition to the lovely write up, you can now purchase tickets for the festival by following this link. The tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but we also have a pay-what-you-can on Thursday night. We also have a Facebook event page here if that tickles your fancy.

Hope to see everyone there!


Welcome Home – Full Film Available Online!

Hi gang. First of all, huge thanks to everyone who came out to see Welcome Home and the rest of the films for the 48 Hour Film Project. We had a great turnout and I saw a lot of familiar faces there giving their support to all of the fantastic entries in the festival. Time will tell if we snag any well-deserved awards, but until then, I’m happy to announce that Shrug Productions has posted the full film on Youtube! In case you weren’t able to make it to the premiere on Saturday, please enjoy the video below. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

The video, along with the behind the scenes featurette, have been added to my Videos page along with screen grabs to my Pictures page.

I’ll be back later this week with some more updates, but until then, enjoy the film!


Movie Poster for Welcome Home, Premiering Saturday!

Two posts in two days? What kind of madness is this?!

Well, I just wanted to pop by because Shrug Productions just released a movie poster for our upcoming film Welcome Home and it’s amazing.

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I can’t wait to see this on the big screen. Welcome Home premiers Saturday July 15th at 7:30 at the AFI, as part of the 48 Hour Film Festival. Make sure to purchase your tickets here and come say hi after the film.

See you there!


Huge Site Updates and Upcoming Projects

Hello Friends. It’s been a minute since I’ve updated my site here. In fact, it’s been over two years. How many minutes is that exactly? 60x24x…I don’t know, I already lost interest. But it’s been quite a while, anyway.

Theater has been my passion for over a decade. However, no matter how much you love something, you sometimes need a break. After doing 10 projects within a year (including directing 3 of them), I officially suffered burn out. For the first time in a long time, I needed to put a little distance between myself and performing. Within that time I did occasional staged readings and smaller projects, but mostly my time was filled with nights to myself and hiking on the weekends.

However, I’m happy to say that I’m officially back in business.

To celebrate my return, I’ve made some long-needed updates to my website. I’ve entirely redone my Pictures and added new ones from more recent shows, including new headshots. I also updated my Videos page with a lot of new content from various projects with Molotov Theatre Group and some promotional voice overs I recorded for the company Feith. The Bios and Resumés have also been brought up to date with the occasional projects I was involved in within the past few years. And as you can see from above, I finally updated my website banner image to something more current. The hair and goatee has been transformed to a beard and a freshly shaved head.

Along with the site updates, I’m proud to announce the projects that have brought me back to performing. Firstly, this Saturday at 7:30 is the screening for the 48 Hour Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to work with Shrug Productions on a short called Welcome Home, which will be premiering at the festival. In it I play an assassin who moves into his new apartment, only to be haunted by the ghosts of his past. Tickets can be purchased here for the one-night-only showing.

After that, I’ll be back on the stage as part of Silver Spring Stage’s One Act Festival. I was fortunate enough to work on this project a few years ago with Brian M. Doyle’s The Navigator, which netted me an acting award from the festival. This time I’m doing two shows in the same night. I’ll be doing another Brian M. Doyle play called Alternate Theory, which takes a different view of the JFK Assassination. On the same night, I will also be performing in Jacy D’Aituolo’s play Six Seven Three Twenty which takes a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling football team on draft day. Both plays are a lot of fun and I’m excited to get them in front of an audience. As soon as tickets come available, I’ll make sure to post the link. You can find more information, as well as time and dates, on my Calendar page.

So that’s all for now. It’s great to be back doing what I love and keeping you all informed on this site. Hopefully I’ll have more fun stuff to update this site with soon, so make sure to check back when you can.

Until then, see you from the stage.


The Margins Promo Shots & Tickets On Sale!

Hello dear readers. I’m happy to share a little Margins hype with you  today. Yesterday the very talented Kristin Jackman stopped by our rehearsal in order to take some promo shots for us. I picked out a choice few that I enjoyed the most and put them on my Pictures page. Please feel free to visit and give the album a look. But just to wet your whistle, check out a sample shot below.

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That’s a mean looking crew of ghost hunters. Tickets are still on sale but going fast. Our last show, Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe, was sold out each night we performed. So I wouldn’t dilly dally with reserving your seats. Please visit our tickets page to order now. Or for the more frugal minded we still have some seats available for half-price on Goldstar.

Until the next update, in which I may have something else to get you excited…


The Margins Tickets Are On Sale, Brian Williams Video and Molotov’s Carolina Reaper Challenge This Thursday Night!

Hello dear readers. I have some good news that I want to share with everyone. First of all, I’m happy to announce that tickets for The Margins with Molotov Theatre Group are officially on sale! We just started rehearsals last week and this is going to be a good one. For more information, please feel free to check out my Calendar, our Facebook Event Page or our ticket site. Our last show, Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe, sold out for every single performance. We were turning them away at the door, so make sure that you get your tickets early.

Secondly, this Thursday will be the Molotov Carolina Reaper Challenge & Film Screening. Company members Alex & Yoni will be eating two (yes, two) Carolina Reapers while we mess with them. We will also be screening the Vincent Price classic House on Haunted Hill and holding our own Iron Stomach Challenge, where you can step up and see if you have what it takes to consume a Ghost Pepper, the hottest naturally occurring pepper in the world. This is my first event as Molotov’s Special Event Coordinator and I’m incredibly excited for this. Make sure to check out our Indiegogo campaign and our Facebook event to see how you can be a part of this insane night. Keep in mind, we’re only $300 away from me doing something terrible to myself that night as well. So keep those donations coming!

Finally, I recently shot a short web video with local filmmakers Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim about the Brian Williams controversy. It turns out that this has opened the door for a lot of other newscasters out there to admit to their mistakes. Take a look at the video below to see yours truly apologize for his gaffs, and check out my Videos page to see the rest of my blunders.


Molotov’s Carolina Reaper Challenge!

Hello friends. I’m happy to announce that as Molotov Theatre Group’s Special Event Coordinator, we finally have a date and time set for our next fundraiser! The first in a series of our Screenings, Stunts & Spirits series, we will be hosting a movie night and pepper eating challenge on February 26th at Johnny Pistolas starting at 7:00 pm. At the event, we’ll be having our members Alex Zavistovich and Yoni Gray eating the hottest pepper on the planet: The Carolina Reaper. How long they go without relief depends on how much money we raise. We only launched the event 2 days ago and we’ve already raised $698! That means that they’ll be going a whole ten minutes before they get sweet satisfaction. And if we reach our goal of $1000, they’ll eat another pepper at that ten minute mark! We’re already planning stretch goals, so keep an eye out for whatever dumb and painful stuff we can have these guys do.

We will also be hosting our Iron Stomach challenge. If you think you have what it takes, a $20 donation at the door will get you entered into a competition with eating a Ghost Pepper. Whoever goes the longest without relief will win a Molotov Prize Pack including two tickets to The Margins running through April.

Finally, the night will close with a screening of the Vincent Price classic House on Haunted Hill. The classic ghost story will get everyone in the mood for our own ghost story The Margins.

Tickets are Pay What You Can at the door with a suggest donation of $20. All the proceeds will be going to Molotov Theatre Group in order to continue to bring you awesome theater and dumb stunts like this.

To donate to this worthy cause, please visit the Indiegogo page. Or to mark the date and time of the event, please visit my Calendar page or check out our Facebook event. Hope to see you there! But in the meantime, enjoy our promo video: